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Herdade do Esporão - 2019 - Vinho de Talha Moreto Tinto

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Herdade do Esporão's Moreto is a unique red wine crafted from the Moreto grape and aged in traditional clay amphorae. The 2019 growing season presented a warm spring and early summer, leading to an accelerated ripening process and an earlier harvest compared to 2018. While average temperatures fell within the 20-year norm, rainfall was below average. The warm spring and early summer pushed the vines forward, resulting in an earlier harvest. Fortunately, cooler temperatures during the ripening period slowed things down, allowing for even and balanced grape development – ideal for producing high-quality wines. The Moreto grapes, grown on 80-year-old vines in sandy loam soils with a schist base, were vinified using time-tested methods. Partial destemming allows for some whole clusters in the fermentation process. This takes place in clay amphorae (talhas) lined with pine pitch, utilizing indigenous yeasts for a natural approach. The wine rests on the lees until late November, and malolactic fermentation, which can soften acidity, occurs within the talha. The wine is then pressed and bottled. Visually, the Moreto 2019 boasts a bright ruby color. Further information on the aroma and taste is not available, but the traditional vinification and the Moreto grape's potential suggest a wine with notes of red and black fruit, earthiness, and a touch of rustic charm.

Herdade do Esporão - 2019 - Vinho de Talha Moreto Tinto
Herdade do Esporão - 2019 - Vinho de Talha Moreto Tinto Sale price€40,99

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Herdade do Esporão

Tucked between the rolling hills and sun-kissed landscapes of Portugal's Alentejo region, Herdade do Esporão stands as a beacon of winemaking excellence and a testament to the deep-rooted traditions of the land. Founded in 1973 by José Maria Vieira de Almeida, this sprawling estate encompasses over 7,500 hectares, seamlessly blending modern viticulture with a profound respect for the region's rich heritage.

Herdade do Esporão is more than just a vineyard; it's an ecosystem teeming with life. The estate is home to a diverse array of flora and fauna, including over 2,000 plant species and 250 bird species. This commitment to biodiversity is not just a matter of environmental stewardship; it's an integral part of their winemaking philosophy.

The estate's vineyards stretch across gently undulating hills, basking in the warm Alentejo sun. Here, over 500 hectares are dedicated to cultivating a variety of grape varieties, each carefully selected to express the unique character of the terroir. From the noble Arinto and Alicante Bouschet to the indigenous Tinta Grossa and Trincadeira, these grapes thrive in the estate's clay-limestone soils, nurtured by sustainable viticultural practices.

At the heart of Herdade do Esporão lies a deep reverence for traditional winemaking methods. Grapes are hand-harvested at the peak of ripeness, ensuring the highest quality and preserving the integrity of the fruit. Fermentation takes place in a combination of modern stainless steel tanks and traditional clay amphorae, allowing for a harmonious balance between fruitiness and complexity.

Herdade do Esporão's dedication to quality has been recognized both nationally and internationally. Their wines have consistently garnered prestigious awards, including gold medals at the Decanter World Wine Awards and the International Wine Challenge. This acclaim is a testament to the estate's unwavering commitment to producing wines that reflect the true essence of Alentejo.